Category Archives: Kowloon Peak Climbing

Movember

Its been a busy last couple of weeks with lots of work and the odd day out and about in Hong Kong looking for adventures.  I have also been taking part in Movember this year for the first time ever.  Thank you to all the sponsors so far and know that the moustache is coming in thick and strong (and itchy).  Photos from the last couple of weeks.
Gnani (my only real competeition at this stage) and I one week into movember

 Eben on the crag classic at Beacon hill “Lizard” 7a.

 A quick night shot on my way home one day.

 Another night shot from the top of the ferry pier where i get the boat home.

 I spent two days out on Tung Lung Island with Geordie and Nikolai chopping old bolts and replacing them with Glue ins.  Gear being sorted.

 One hole down – This was a long dusty couple of days grinding, drilling, cleaning and glueing.  You can just make out the start of the moustache – I think this was on the 2nd of Movemeber

 Still going in the evening of day one.  Geordie grinding the old Tyrolean bolts

 Nikolai and Geordie messing with one of Mr Wongs kittens.

 Miles, Giles, Matt and I made an early morning dash to Lion Rock to do a mass ascent of the classic climb “Gweilo”.  Here Miles seems less than certain of Giles choice of legwear and his way of getting past him.

 Busted – Matt pulling on quickdraws on the crux pitch.

 Mile on the traverse pitch

 At the top being very chinese about it.  Hilarious day of banter climbing as a massive group.

 Last weekend Giles and I tried to find a route on Mt Stenhouse on Lamma which the old guidebook describes as a traditional classic.  Called “Aardclimb” and graded HVS 5a.  The approach, as expected, was  pure jungle scwacking to get to the base.  It actually did look like someone has been there recently.  The climb probably has not been done in years and we were met with a lot of vegetation.

Giles “cleaning” the second pitch.  He did in fact get to a position where he was standing on the thing hes holding onto in this shot before we realised how horrible the rest of the climbing looked (you can see the crack above him filled with grass and bushes)

 Giles “Do I look like Bear Grylls” Cranston alone in a sea of bushes on our retreat

Panoramic shot of hong kong from the end of last month from the top of Kowloon peak.

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One Month

I’ve been back in Hong Kong for a month now and as we enter October it is definitely cooling off a bit.  This month has been a mix of work and play – days in the office, staff training, working on a program and the odd day climbing, gorge walking, hiking and running.  

 Cooling off at Tung Lung Pier in the middle of the staff training week.  Pilky (furthest away) going for the “gaynor” while Tom front flips.

 Abseil at lovers rock all set to go for the annual staff adventure race.

 The day after staff training.  Tired and hungover but ready to go at the Zawn of Cape Collinson.  L to R Giles (potentially still a little drunk), James, Elle (hiding) and Gabbie

 Giles and Elle on neighbouring routes in the Zawn – this wall is great for an easy day sport climbing with a good progression of easy(ish) F6’s

 Same as above, different angle.

 Matt in the pool of Yellow Dragon Waterfall on Lantau island on a day off.  A group of us had a great day hiking and swimming in the gorge followed by a solid bush bash out of the top of the gorge.  Hong Kong definitely has some beautiful natural places still to explore.

 Giant Golden Orb Weaver (or Large Woodland – not as cool a name) spider hanging out – taken on the hike out of the yellow dragon gorge.

 Yesterday James and I decided to break our rule of not going multipitch climbing on the big crags till it cooled down and went off to climb “Sunset Crack (S4b)” on Kowloon main wall, high above the city.  This turned out to be the full adventure experience, slogging uphill for 45mins in the heat, bush bash/scramble to the base followed by 5 pitches which may be a little undergraded (hard to tell as my left shoulder is not to happy right now so I was not really using my left hand).  James here on the finger traverse pitch – brilliant route for the grade though probably hasnt been climbed in years!

 James relieved to get through the crux with our somewhat limited rack of trad gear.

Swimming below the main fall in the brides pool gorge on staff training.  This day was so hot we were barely hiking 15mins before looking for the next pool to dip in.

Now I have a couple of days off to relax and get out and about in Hong Kong a bit more.  Its so easy to fall into the trap of going to the same places but with a group of interested people I’m hoping to see more places that I haven’t yet seen in and around Hong Kong.

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